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Naked Alibi (1954)

Approved  |   |  Film-Noir, Crime, Drama  |  14 January 1955 (Belgium)
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A police chief fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 police detectives.

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Chief Joe Conroy
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Marianna
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Al Willis
Marcia Henderson ...
Helen Willis
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Det. Lt. Fred Parks (as Casey Adams)
Billy Chapin ...
Petey
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Capt. Owen Kincaide
Don Haggerty ...
Matt Matthews
Stuart Randall ...
Chief A.S. Babcock
Don Garrett ...
Tony
Richard Beach ...
Felix
Tol Avery ...
Irish
Paul Levitt ...
Gerald Frazier
Fay Roope ...
Commissioner F.J. O'Day
Joseph Mell ...
Otto Stoltz
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Storyline

Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Cop, The Killer and the Border Town Woman! See more »

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Film-Noir | Crime | Drama

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14 January 1955 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Schwaches Alibi  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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When Joe phones Matt from Border City, he makes it a collect call. But when Matt answers, they begin speaking immediately, without the operator first asking if he would accept the charges. See more »

Quotes

Chief Joe Conroy: Are you in the habit of hauling in cut-up strangers?
Marianna: Yeah. It's a hobby with me.
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ACE IN THE HOLE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) (uncredited)
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A Fairly Engrossing Minor Noir
8 May 2001 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

The provocatively titled "Naked Alibi" is fairly typical of film noir in the 50s. By this point, the visual style epitomized by noirs of the 40s had lost much of its mysterious, oppressive quality. This is more of a 'film gris', though there are a few scenes that have a classic noir look and feel, particularly in the alley, after the barroom shootout in Tijuana.

The Gene Barry character, too, is consistent with the noir canon: a 'damned' character, immersed in evil to the end. Gloria Grahame's character is also typically damned. And the Sterling Hayden role completes the triangle: well-intentioned, but maniacally obsessed with his own mission of justice.

Hayden is good here, in his awkward, lesser-Mitchum way. Grahame--a limited actress--fares well enough, but a poorly dubbed singing performance does not flatter her. Best of the three is Gene Barry, who manages to mix a small amount of humanity into his villainous role. Chuck Connors is noticeable, but barely registers in a very small part.

"Naked Alibi"--a small cut above the average 50s B film noir.


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